Makita recently introduced the new 18V X2 LXT Lithium Ion (36V) Brushless Cordless Rear Handle 7-1/4” Circular Saw, model XSR01Z. It is the world’s first cordless rear-handle 7-1/4” circular saw powered by two 18V lithium-ion batteries. The new saw will be available in Spring 2017.

“For users of corded blade-left rear-handle saws, the new XSR01Z offers true freedom from the cord for formwork, framing and more,” said Andrew Camp, Product Manager, Makita USA.

“The XSR01Z cuts faster than both corded and leading brushless cordless saws when cutting 2x10 SPF. In early testing, this cordless saw put up big numbers in run-time tests with up to 558 cross cuts of 2x4 SPF and up to 291 cross cuts of 2x10 SPF with two fully-charged 18V LXT 5.0 amp-hour batteries. Another key point of difference is capacity: With a full 2-9/16” maximum cutting depth the XSR01Z cuts 3x lumber in a single pass, an application that leading saws the category can’t do.”

The new XSR01Z is part of Makita’s continuing drive to address the demands of pro users.

“Right now there is increased awareness of the importance of dust management and vibration reduction,” said Wayne Hart, Communications Manager, Makita USA. “At the same time, there is more demand for cordless, especially for work away from a power source. Makita is meeting demand across the board with more industrial solutions for concrete forming, drilling, surfacing, chipping, breaking, and clean-ups with less noise, lower vibration and better dust extraction.

And Makita continues to expand the LXT system with more cordless options including dust management and a ‘world’s first’ for formwork with the new 18V X2 LXT Lithium Ion Brushless Rear Handle 7-1/4” Circular Saw.”